Supporting and Inspiring Longer, Healthier Lives
Working to provide safe and convenient opportunities to add
exercise and activity to daily routines.
Living Healthy in Washington County Launches a Blog

We’re excited to introduce a new section on our website. Read stories about the incredible work of our project partners, the latest news from our community, and education and resources to create a healthier Washington County. Visit the blog!



2019 Public Health Achievement Awards

Washington County Public Health & Environment is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Public Health Achievement Awards. The awards recognize and honor residents who devote their time, energy, and talents to improve the public health or environmental conditions of individuals, families, and communities in Washington County. Submit a nomination!


Living Healthy

Living Healthy in Washington County is part of the larger statewide efforts across Minnesota to make long lasting economic and health impacts. By  working with community leaders, employers, schools, and health care professionals, the initiative will create health-friendly policies and resources that make it easier for residents to incorporate healthy actions into their daily routines. From better nutrition in schools, child care facilities, and homes to more physical activity and reduced tobacco exposure, Living Healthy in Washington County strives to make a positive difference across the community.

$5 billion

The cost of treating chronic disease in Minnesota.

$17 billion

The cost of lost productivity and absenteeism.


Percentage of adults considered obese in Minnesota.

$2.8 billion

Financial burden of obesity in Minnesota based on national estimates.


The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) sees exciting changes that are making it easier for people all over Minnesota to make healthy choices. As SHIP 4 gets underway, we’re pleased to report many SHIP 3 successes in Washington County, from community gardens and tobacco-free housing to healthy schools and worksites. Living Healthy in Washington County is committed to supporting partners and communities through actions that make the healthy choice easier for all residents.

Request for Posting

If you are interested in posting information related to SHIP, obesity or tobacco prevention, or the living healthy strategies on the Living Healthy in Washington County website, please:

• Complete the form and submit to the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment

• The form must be submitted by Wednesday of each week to be posted by the following Monday

• Forms can be emailed, or delivered to the Department in person or by mail

• All forms will be reviewed and approved before posting

• Incomplete forms will not be reviewed

• After approval, the information will be given to staff by noon on Thursday for posting

• Items posted will remain on the website for thirty (30) days or until after the community event has taken place

• PHE reserves the right to limit content or deny posting

Web Posting Criteria
In order for your agency or activities to be posted on this website, it must meet the following criteria:

• Be located in Washington County or provide a program or service for Washington County residents;

• It must fit with the Living Healthy in Washington County mission: To inspire and support residents to live longer, healthier lives through policies, systems and environmental changes that increase opportunities for physical activity, healthier food options and decreased tobacco use and exposure;

• Involve individual or community participation leading to behavior change; and

• Meet or promote national guidelines and best practices established by US Government agencies or other health professional organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Join us in Living Healthy in Washington County!

Living Healthy in Washington County Staff

The Staff:

Kim Ball, SHIP Coordinator
Lia Burg, Sr. Community Health Specialist
Beth Brisky, Sr. Community Health Specialist
Shannon Eisentrager, Communications Specialist
Cathy Mackiewicz, Sr. Community Health Specialist
Chloe Richter, Sr. Community Health Specialist
Caitlin Suginaka, Public Health Program Supervisor
Natalie Vasilj, Sr. Community Health Specialist

Community Leadership Team Members

The Team:

Jennifer Agen, St. Croix Valley Parish Nurses
Heidi Bardwell, YMCA Woodbury
Laura Cierzan, South Washington County Schools

Shayla Denaway, City of Hugo
Nancy Ellias, Forest Lake Area Schools
Sue Elmer, Community Thread
Martha Fox-Frank, Our Community Kitchen
Ryan Gruber, Washington County Community Development Agency
Bobbie Jo Grummons, South Washington County Schools
Joan Grzywinski, Oakdale Wellness 50+
Emily Jorgenson, Washington County Public Works
Becky Knighton, Washington County Community Services
Stephanie Kovarik, Lakeview Health Foundation/PowerUp
Emily Nelson, St. Croix Family Resource Center
Derek Otto, YMCA Forest Lake
Lynn Pagliarini, Our Community Kitchem
Cindy Parsons, St. Croix Family Resource Center
Joan Pennington, HealthEast Care System
Heather Peterson, Allina Health
Patty Radoc, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Mark Skeie, Vital Aging Network
Aimee Stanton, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Hally Turner, Washington County Public Works
Deb Van Klei, Stillwater Area Public Schools